Knicks get tough game in San Antonio
The New York Knicks were already blasted once by the San Antonio Spurs this season as those teams prepare to square off in another potential mismatch on the NBA odds on Thursday.
San Antonio trounced New York 120-89 as a 3-point road favorite in their first meeting of the season back on November 10 in an OVER result for totals bettors. The Knicks are just 4-6 SU and 4-5-1 ATS in their 10 most recent games against the Spurs.
The Spurs sport a record of 25-7 and 17-15 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Knicks sit at 9-21 and 10-20 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 20-12 for the Spurs and 17-13 for the Knicks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
It's a betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Spurs and the No. 18-ranked Knicks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 98-87 result in favor of the Spurs.
In their last action, New York was a 115-100 loser on the road against the Raptors. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (215) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Knicks endured a 115-100 loss at the hands of the Raptors on Saturday, despite a 23-point effort from Amar'e Stoudemire at Air Canada Centre.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Antonio's No. 7-ranked offense (104.12 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 11 at 99.23 PPG. The Spurs have averaged 48.49% from the field per game, more than the Knicks have managed so far this season (43% on average).
New York at Houston, Friday, January 3rd
San Antonio home to Los Angeles, Saturday, January 4th